|code: 330747||Date: 2012/07/22 - 00:27||source: Moqawama.org|
6000 Al-Qaida Fighters in Syria to Establish Emirate of Levant
The newspaper reported that "for the first time, "al-Qaida" explicitly announces its participation in Syria's fighting."
According to the daily, members of the organization raised "al-Qaida" flag upon the seizure of "Bab al-Hawa" crossing.
Meanwhile, a Jordanian security source unveiled that "more than six thousands of al-Qaida fighters entered Syria in recent months, especially since last November."
"Most of these fighters entered Syria from the Iraqi and Turkish borders," it added and pointed out that "they are mostly from non-Syrian Arab nationalities."
In parallel, the newspaper reported that "there is competition between "al-Qaida" wings in Syria, especially between "Brigades of Abdullah Azzam" led by Saudi Arabia's Majed al-Majed and the extremist "al-Nosra [Aid] to Levant Front" led by a Prince [al-Amir] known as al-Fatih [The Conqueror], Abu Mohammed Joulani."
The paper quoted Saudi sources stating that "a fierce competition is taking place in the corridors of the extremist organization, in particular that the "Victory to Levant Front" didn't follow al-Qaida at the beginning."
However, it was later accepted from a number of al-Qaida's religious leaders.
At this point, Abdullah Azzam leaders felt that "the rug is being pulled from under their feet as "al-Nosra [Aid] to Levant Front" prepares to take the command leadership of the Levant's Emirate."
"Abdullah Azzam Brigades moved quickly, prompting itself as a better alternative for the Front ."
The newspaper clarified that "the first public appearance of "al-Qaida" was in Tal-Kalkh region , where differences exploded between the elements of the so-called "Free Syrian Army" and al-Qaida members."
"The fight led to the death of 34 people when he al-Qaida members wanted to declare the region an Islamic emirate under the rule of the Lebanese Walid al-Bustani, a former leader of Fateh al-Islam," the Saudi paper mentioned.
Meanwhile, one of the rebels in Idlib province informed the newspaper that "at least one "al-Qaeda" camp was established near al-Tmanah village."
"The camp contains fighters of different nationalities," he said and noted that " he visited the camp and met with the military commander and a politician there."
"The two men confirmed that "al-Qaida" presence aims not only in toppling the Syrian regime, but to build also the so-called Islamic state that does not depend on the polls."
The Idlib activist, who spoke on condition of anonymity, stated that " areas of his province witness a currently significant presence of "Levant's Free Men", a fundamentalist group calling for the imposition of tribute on other religions and considering minorities as rogue."